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Flip the Equation for Education


Many of us have heard of the Wheel Tax.

Every year this tax generates about $33 million.

In the last few years, the County Commission has required that it be spent only on education (either debt or operations). Right now, a majority of the Wheel Tax collected goes to education debt.

We want them to flip that equation. 

Contact your County Commissioner and to let them know to flip the Wheel Tax money!

Vote NO on 3


Of everything on the ballot this election, nothing troubles me more than Amendment 3. The amendment, which essentially prohibits an income tax in Tennessee, is full of unintended consequences.

By limiting options for Tennessee’s future, Amendment 3 could lead to a double-digit sales tax and hikes in local property taxes.

Stand for Children members are firmly opposed to Amendment 3. Here’s why:

Do you know where your early voting polling place is?


Why wait until November 4th to vote?  Who knows what will come up that day – work is busy, your kid is sick – you run around all day and then all of a sudden the day is over and you missed the window to make it to the polls. Trust me, I’ve been there. So I ask again, why wait until November 4th to vote when you can vote early?

It’s simple – just find the the closest early voting site here.  Early voting is open until October 30th.

Stand for Children’s General Election Endorsements


It’s election time, again, everyone! 

As you know, Stand for Children is committed to ensuring that every child in Tennessee has access to, and is prepared for, a college education.  The policies that are passed in Nashville impact children from Memphis to Johnson City and everywhere in between.  That’s why we believe in electing strong leaders to the state legislature who will be champions for strong public schools. 

We looked across the state and found seven candidates who we believe deserve your vote in the November 4th election. 

Ways to Get Involved and Stand for Education in Memphis


There are two big ways that Memphians can get involved and make a stand for the future of education. Stand is proud to be working on and supporting both.

First, as a follow-up to our education community meetings and continuing our focus on supporting Priority Schools, we are letting you know- 

The Achievement Advisory Council Needs You!

We Elected Education Champions!


Stand for Children Tennessee is committed to electing smart leaders capable of advancing education policies that ensure every child has access to a quality education. This election cycle, Stand for Children Tennessee endorsed 19 education champions in 16 races - 12 of those candidates won their races. These candidates were spread out over Metro Nashville School Board, Shelby County School Board, and State legislative races.

Education Bill Summary for the 2014 Legislative Session


Last Thursday, the legislature completed its business and Tennessee lawmakers closed the books on the 108th General Assembly. The legislative plaza proved to be a hotbed of highly charged issues this year – from wrangling over Medicaid expansion and teacher pay increases to allowing open carry of handguns without a permit. As in years past, a good deal of the spotlight was on issues related to education, including vouchers, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, and teacher licensure.

That's a Wrap! 2014 End of Session Review



The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die last Thursday, leaving behind an assortment of bills that will become law upon signing by Gov. Haslam. Stand for Children was working the halls and offices of Legislative Plaza every day the legislature was in session.    


The Common Core Webinar Recap-

This week Stand for Children – Tennessee was super excited to host a state-wide webinar to get to the core of the Common Core State Standards! In total, 25 parents and teachers joined together to hear from three great experts who discussed and answered questions around the new standards.